and the eager adoption of the tomato into Mediterranean cuisine.
The tomato, so central now to that cuisine, was first described in print by Pietro Andrea Mattioli in 1544.
Their colleagues in Mediterranean countries are only too willing to perpetuate this myth.
The fact of the matter is that the Mediterranean contains varied cultures.
They offer both stability, continuity and reproduction of a specific pattern of eating which resists conquest, invasion, colonisation, social change, industrialisation and urbanisation.